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Group: Working Group
Purpose of Breed: Guarding, fighting
Country of Origin: Italy
Average Size: Depending on sex, Neapolitans range from 24 to 30 inches and can weight up to 165 pounds.
Color(s): Typically blue, black, tawny, or mahogany. The Neo can be either solid or brindle.
Coat Type: Short, thick, and shiny.
Grooming: This breed is an average shedder that requires regular brushing to keep its coat in top condition. Standard care is required for ears, pads, and nails. Eyes should be inspected closely on a regular basis.
Exercise Needs: Despite their large size, Neapolitans do not need a lot of exercise. They prefer to lounge around and enjoy a fenced backyard. That said, they are not suited to apartment living and need plenty of physical space to accommodate their large size.
Temperament: The Neapolitan Mastiff was originally bred for guarding and fighting. Today the breed has a gentle and steady temperament to friends and family, but is still wary of strangers and willing to go to great lengths to defend home and property. Protective and alert, this breed can be a heavy drooler when nervous or eating and consumes up to a gallon of food per day. Due to his large size, the Neapolitan Mastiff needs a confident trainer who is both calm and assertive and can maintain proper leadership. Females of this breed are somewhat more submissive than males. This loyal dog does well with children, but due to its large size, should be supervised when around small children.
Common Ailments: Susceptible to hip dysplasia, immune system problems, "growing pains," heart problems, hypothyroidism, cleft pallets (or tail problems) and cherry eye.
Life Expectancy: Averages 8-10 years.
Trivia: It is thought that it was Alexander the Great who first brought the Neapolitan Mastiff to Italy, where the dogs were taken to war by the Romans and matched up against wild animals such as lions and elephants.
More Information: United States Neapolitan Mastiff Club
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Rescued - 7 years ago.
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She likes to snuggle and laugh, her whole body wiggles when she laughs :)
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She is the best dog on the planet. She just took her first train ride to Boston and loved it and everyone on the train loved her.
Emma is 4.5 years and an English Mastiff. I got her as a puppy in Chiliwack BC. Breeders. She likes to hip check you... lol. She's a pretty lazy dog but when she has energy we take her for a short walk.
She is a big part of my family! She loves children and lets kids ride on her back until she decides that's enough and sits down. She snores very loudly and has a flatulence problem :( We still love her!
It can be difficult to get the right amount of daily feedings with the right proportion of nutrients for this big breed. Get tips on feeding a Neapolitan Mastiff in this page.